Utility Data for Health Technology Assessment

2 day course: Monday, 21st - Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

NICE and health care funding agencies around the world are using QALYs (quality-adjusted life year), hence the need for health state utility data in their assessments of the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions. This raises questions about the measurement of health, the valuation of health and how to use the values in cost-effectiveness models. It creates additional challenges for meeting the requirements of a ‘reference case’ set of methods that may not be appropriate in all circumstances.

What does the course deliver?

This course outlines the practical requirements of measuring utility and obtaining utility data for health technology assessment for agencies such as NICE and explores recent research in utilities including EQ-5D-5L valuation, condition-specific preference-based measures, identifying utility evidence and using it in cost-effectiveness models.

It is highly relevant to the recent ISPOR Task Force on using utility data in cost-effectiveness models. The course is delivered by a world-leading team of experts in utility measurement.

Who will benefit from the course?

This course is for academics, government agencies, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes experts in industry and consultancies with an interest in the use of health state utility data. Basic prior knowledge of Patient Reported Outcomes, QALY's and health technology assessment is required. For delegates without this prior knowledge (or who would like a re-cap), a free online introductory course will be provided prior to starting this course, which will take approximately 6-9 hours.

Course content:

  • What are the key issues in obtaining health state utility values?
  • Does it matter which instruments are used?
  • What is the current NICE reference case and requirements in other jurisdictions?
  • When are EQ-5D and other generic measures not appropriate?
  • What utility instruments are available for children?
  • What are the latest development in EQ-5D including EQ-5D-5L valuation?
  • What should be done when EQ-5D and other generics are not appropriate or not available?
  • How can mapping be used to estimate utility values from disease-specific measures?
  • Social value QALY weights
  • How do you search for utility values and what is the role of systematic reviews and meta-analysis of utility values?
  • How should utility values be incorporated into cost-effectiveness models?
  • What is the role for wellbeing within HTA?
  • The development of condition-specific measures (including the ReQol for mental health).

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.


Dates and times

Monday, 21st - Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

  • Day 1:  Start at 10am and finish at 6pm (evening dinner at approximately 7pm)
  • Day 2:  Start at 8:30am and finish at 5pm

£999 - Early Bird Fee for confirmed bookings received on or before 21st March 2021

£1099 - Standard Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 7th June 2021 or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 7th June 2021.

A 20% discount will be offered for group bookings of four or more people. Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to book. NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place through the Online Store, all group bookings should go directly to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

The course fee includes refreshments and lunch provided on both days, plus a course evening dinner that takes place on the first evening. 

Booking and Payment

We are currently taking provisional bookings for this well-established and popular ScHARR short course.  Please forward your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment or purchase order (for payments via invoice) is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your Purchase Order details before making your booking. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the Purchase Order is received at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

If you have any queries regarding booking or payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Delegates are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course.

A copy of the book 'Measuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic Evaluation' by Brazier, Ratcliffe, Salomon and Tsuchiya, is included in the course fee.

Course materials will be provided via a delegate course website approximately one week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the delegate course website.


Accommodation is NOT included in the course fees. We do have a preferential rate of £70 per night, at the host venue Halifax Hall, and £50 per night for our new Jonas Hotel, for all of our ScHARR delegates. Details of these are provided automatically upon receipt of your booking and payment.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Rd
S10 3ER

Tel: +44 114 222 8810


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020